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my goats help me burn calories or one track mind

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our new kid is now about 4 weeks old. He still loves his bottle of milk. He hears me coming and charges out his door not seeing any obstacle that might be in his way. Hmm. A lesson there. Meanwhile, I'm trying to keep him from running over the chicks. I guess this could be very funny to others. To me, it's a workout.

At night it's a workout in the opposite way. I'm trying to get him in. He is so eager for that evening meal he doesn't care what else goes on around him. Lord forbid one bottle isn't quite enough. Hmm. Seems like the same lesson.

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ECOCHRISTIAN 5/26/2011 7:05PM

    I really miss having goats. Kids are just so darned cute. We kept our chicks caged up until they were big enough to fend for themselves. The hens could get out of the way of the bigger animals. emoticon

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I found my ticker! no thanks to fibrofog

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fibrofog. Anyone who has had it knows the frustration of forgetting how to do something and not being able to jerk their brain into remembering. Yesterday I was slowish. Today my brain is going to jelly.

First it was staring at the computer trying to remember my password to get into Spark. Then I couldn't remember how to track my weight. When things like this happen I have to have a visual. My visual was hidden as part of my screen was not showing.

Notes. I have them all over the place. If a thought comes to mind that might be important I have to write it down. Otherwise a bill might go unpaid, or taking a trip to town and forgetting one of my errands is likely. (It's not like things are 5 minutes away from me and I can go another time. I go to town 1x week and everything has to be done for the week in that one trip) My new tactic is a checklist. Did I feed all the animals, or do I think I did?

When fibrofog happens it can last for days. Life becomes dreamlike. I know I annoy people repeating things and asking the same questions and forget the answers even after the fifth time. That dreamlike state that makes me believe I did do something or talk to someone only to find out I didn't.

Losing which day it is. Feeling exhausted waking up and not knowing what day it is til I look at the puter screen or the tv. Now with daylight savings time this has been very disconcerting. I'll fall asleep and then wake up to daylight. I've had times I thought it was the next morning and started to go about morning business. It's shocking to find out it's "yesterday" still.

Fibrofog is scarey. Today I won't be able to drive to town and get my errands done as planned. Today I won't dare cook because it can be dangerous. Today I won't talk on the phone cuz I won't remember what was really said. Today I won't stoke up the woodstove. Today I have paper and pen in every room, just in case.

What I can do. Read the Charles Stanley book I received as an Easter gift. Exercise my brain, futile as that seems, doing a jigsaw puzzle. Work on mindless craft projects - the kind that mistakes are another form of art. This too, will pass.

Thank God I am in a safe environment.

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    UGH, I can so relate!

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CAROLBLAND 5/15/2011 7:33AM

    Sorry you have this. I have it too from time to time, but didn't know it was called fibrofog. I have called it many things: oxygen deprivation, sleep deprivation, chemo brain etc . I do have fibromyalgia, chronic obstructive sleep apnea, and hypothyroidism among other things so guess it is a combination of all the above. I had a brain scan done that showed early onset of dementia when I was still in my mid forties. I have good days and bad. Here is praying for more good days than bad for both of us. We can do this and be healthier!

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/14/2011 12:23AM

    I'm sorry that you are having a hard time with the fog and the fibro. I hope that exercising your brain will help. I have some issues with fog because of the hypothyroidism and exercising my brain does seem to work for me. You might want to talk to your doctor about taking DHEA. Here is one article I found about it http://www.usdoctor.com/fibro.htm. I'm taking it because I found out that I should be taking it for my panhypopituitarism. I feel better being on it. Also, I have several friends on the Aspire & Inspire team that have fibro and they are also on the Fibromyalgia + Support = Friendship & Hope. One of them, IZZYBEBOP, is the leader of the team and here is the link if you think you might like to join the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/


P.S. Glad you are back on SP!

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Balancing the Numbers

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Calories, Fat, Carbs, Protein, Fiber and cholesterol. That's what I track. I try to be in range in each category. What a shock to learn that I thought I was eating healthy, but after a week of tracking I learned otherwise. emoticon

I can proudly say I've been in range for two days in a row. What would I do without the nutrition tracker here on Spark? A new habit to form: plan a day or two in advance.

Here's to the rest of my life in a healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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CAROLBLAND 5/15/2011 7:36AM

    You are off to a great start. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/11/2011 7:05PM

    I find it very hard to track then eat...but I do love the tracker. It's amazing how fast one can stray if you don't use it!!

Keep up the good work!!

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REBELBLITZ 5/10/2011 11:55PM

    I am trying to do the balancing act too! I need to lower the carbs and raise the protein.

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KWHITEHEAD9 5/10/2011 3:39PM

    Good job!

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